Current issue dates

The most recent issue of Economic Trends (July 2019) was published on August 2, 2019.

The most recent issue of Economic Spotlight (June 2019) was published on July 5, 2019.

The Economic Trends documents contain timely analysis of current trends in Alberta’s economy. These documents are usually published at the end of the month.

Economic Trends (March 2012 to current)

  • Note: The "InFocus" section was previously included with Economic Trends. From May 2019 on, this has continued as a separate document: Economic Spotlights (see below).

Key Indicators

Indicator Latest Month Value Change
year-over-year (y/y)
Alberta Activity Index (y/y growth) May -1.6% -3.2 p.p.
Employment (thousands) June 2,358 +1.3%
Unemployment Rate June 6.6% 0.0 p.p.
CPI Inflation (unadjusted) June 1.4% -1.4 p.p.
Retail Sales May $6.8 B -1.5%
Housing Starts (annualized) June 31,517 +21.6%
Rigs Drilling (unadjusted) June 61 -42.6%
Manufacturing Shipments May $7.0 B +11.0%
Exports (unadjusted) June $10.2 B 0.0%
Source: Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, Statistics Canada, CAODC, CMHC. p.p.= percentage points

Economic Spotlights

These newsletters focus on a particular theme related to the Alberta economy.

The most recent Economic Spotlight was published in July 2019.

Economic Spotlights (2000 to current)

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Contact

Contact for Economic Trends

Catherine Rothrock, Chief Economist and Executive Director
Economics and Revenue Forecasting
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Phone: 780-427-2758
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: catherine.rothrock@gov.ab.ca

Contact for Economic Spotlights

Tatiana Gubanova, Manager, Revenue Forecasting
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
Phone: 780-644-4366
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: Tatiana.Gubanova@gov.ab.ca